Teen surfer bitten as great white shark washes up on New York beach
A dead great white shark washed up on a New York beach this week after an alarming number of sightings
The Riverhead Society spotted the shark on Dune Road Beach in Quogue, New York, on Thursday.
The eight-foot shark washed back into the sea before officers could secure it, Quogue Village Police Department said.
A statement reads: "At this time, we are cautioning swimmers and boaters in the area to be aware of this ongoing situation."
Later that evening, a 16-year-old surfer was bitten on his foot off Fire Island.
The teen was paddling around 20 yards off shore.
He was bitten on his right foot, and sustained a four-inch laceration.
Police say the 16-year-old was able to walk out of the water and was transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Centre for treatment.
A police helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but the water was too murky to locate the shark.
The incidents come after a string of sightings in the area.
Five people have suffered non-life-threatening injuries from shark attacks near Long Island beaches in the last month alone.
On Tuesday, beaches on the Rockaway Peninsula were shut down after a shark was spotted. No one was hurt.
Governor of New York Kathy Hochul has ordered enhanced shark monitoring and patrols.